Rob Gronkowski continues to claim he's happy in retirement from the NFL, but his Monday workout with Tom Brady fueled a new round of speculation of a potential return.
The ex-New England Patriots tight end was back on the field, catching passes from his former quarterback on the UCLA campus. Gronkowski, who was at UCLA for a charity basketball game and plans to attend Wednesday's ESPY Award ceremonies in Los Angeles, told TMZ Sports to not read too much into the reunion.
"It was great working out," Gronkowski said. "Tom needs someone to throw to so, you know, he calls Mr. Reliable Robbie G the one and only!"
Gronkowski, 30, earned five Pro Bowl selections in nine seasons for the Patriots (2010-18), catching 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 games.
He said on the Rich Eisen Show last week that he has dropped 18 pounds to about 250, telling the host he feels good about his decision in March to retire but not entirely closing the door on an eventual return.
"There's definitely going to be times when you miss it and everything," Gronkowski said.
"I would always say that it's still the offseason right now. I mean I can't really say how I'm going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything. You know, I just felt like it was time. I feel really good right now and it was just definitely something I felt like it was the right time and the right thing to do. To have that load off your back, I mean I've been playing football for 15 years straight in a row of that grind. Just relaxing right now feels good."